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Canada end Mexican hopes for the second round with 3-0 win

The Canadian block was excellent against Mexico; they scored 12 stuff blocks.

Gdansk, Poland, September 6, 2014 – Canada ended Mexico’s hopes for promotion to the second round after they easily crushed their opponents in Pool C of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship at the Ergo Arena on Saturday.

Key Points

·      Canadian starters John Gordon Perrin, Nicholas Hoag, Gavin Schmitt and Justin Duff did not play in the match.

·      Toontje Van Lankvelt top scored in the match with 16 points.

·      Canadian blocking was solid; they scored 12 stuff blocks.

·      Mexico failed to qualify for the second round.

Mexican Jorge Quinones opened the first set with a block and a sudden response came from Canada’s Graham Vigrass to start the exchange between the two teams. The deadlock continued at 5-all but Dallas Soonias pushed his team forward to get a better advantage of 13-8. Daniel Vargas showed a lot of determination to get his team back in the game but the Canadian blocks were too strong for the Mexican attackers to overcome. Canada brought their lead up further to 22-15 until a Frederic Winters attack sealed the first set victory in their favour 25-17.

The second set had a tight start but Canada managed to reach the first technical timeout first at 8-5. Soonias and Toontje Van Lankvelt guided Canada with excellent counter-attacking and blocking as they took a 19-13 advantage. Canada easily cruised to victory in the second set as Winters scored again the final point 25-18.

Mexico took a more motivated approach in the third set as their captain Carlos Guerra teamed-up with Nestor Orellana to run their offence. The Mexicans attacked and countered well but the Canadians did not allow to be outdone by his Mexican counterparts. Vigrass’ block and serve gave Canada the advantage by the second technical timeout 16-13. Mexico managed to narrow the gap at 19-18. After an exchange in plays, Canada scored five points in a row to finally secure victory in the match 25-19.


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